Having worked with a large quantity of early-stage companies over a number of years, we have a wealth of experience in advising those companies on the best governance practice.
Our Corporate team provide governance advice to company boards and directors including on board composition, appointments and terminations, conflicts of interest (including of investor directors and founder directors), best practice for running effective board meetings or written resolution procedures and directors' duties advice. In conjunction with our employment team, we provide advice on onboarding and terminations.
We can prepare paperwork for shareholder meetings and resolutions, advise on the best practice for those, and provide legal advice to shareholders. We can provide advice to directors who are also shareholders on their respective duties and roles.
Companies Act and other corporate compliance matters
We can provide specific advice on statutory compliance matters relating to company and corporate law in the jurisdictions in which we operate. This advice may relate to a specific issue or, equally, if requested, a legislative change that could impact the company in the future, so that you are forewarned and forearmed to be fully compliant.
We can prepare the legal documentation for any corporate actions the company wishes to undertake, including board changes, corporate changes (registered office, registered name), share transfers, share issuances, reorganisation of a company's share capital and provide project management support and undertake Companies House filings and stamping of share transfers on a company's behalf.
Corporate structuring and simplification
Where a well-established venture company proposes to undertake a more complex reorganisation of its share capital (or where there is a corporate group that is to undertake some kind of restructuring or reorganisation), we have a specialist team who work on these projects providing tailored advice and project planning and execution.
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Company secretarial support
If you want to outsource the responsibility for some or all of your corporate governance matters, we provide various fixed packages to make sure your compliance is up to scratch, as well as ad hoc support when needed, whether with share registers, filings or corporate resolutions and approvals.
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During the day-to-day operation of the company, we offer pragmatic and solutions-focussed advice on application of a company's constitutional documentation (articles and shareholders' agreement). You may need ad hoc information on the interpretation of a specific provision of the company's constitution in light of something the company wishes to do or circumstances that have arisen. We can help you make amendments to your constitutional documents.
Person with significant control compliance
We provide assistance with PSC (people with significant control) analyses and filings.
A well-run company is unlikely to encounter a shareholder dispute. However, in the event there was a dispute between shareholders or between a shareholder and the company, our Disputes team has specialist lawyers who can advise on a shareholder dispute before proceedings are launched to help find a commercial resolution, and can act on a litigated disputes.
Our experienced tax team, who are familiar with venture companies, venture capital investors and owner-managers can provide tax advice associated with the services referred to above.
Our Corporate practice has adopted technologies to increase efficiency in document drafting, project management and document execution, meaning a smooth, quick and cost-effective experience for our company clients.
We offer training on corporate governance issues for in-house legal counsel, company secretaries and others responsible for keeping abreast of corporate governance developments and those wanting to get a better understanding of existing Companies Act rules and their application to their company.
Work Highlights from across the ventures ecosystem
Argonaut Therapeutics Ltd
We advised Argonaut Therapeutics Ltd on its merger with Celleron Therapeutics Ltd.
We advised Foresight, a leading listed regional private equity and infrastructure investment manager, on the first close of its Foresight Scotland Fund.
UCL Technology Fund
We advised UCL Technology Fund on lead investment in Bloomsbury Genetic Therapies' £5 million financing round.
We advised BGF on its investment in autonomous vehicle software global leader Oxbotica's Series C funding round raising US$140 million. The funding will be used to drive Oxbotica's global expansion and accelerate commercialisation of its technology.
We advised digital health startup Mediktor in an 11m euro series B round led by Swiss fund MTIP. We already advised Mediktor in their 3m euro series A round led by Alta Life Sciences.
We advised on the establishment of Giant Ventures and the launch of its Fund I and Fund II.
We advised Barcelona-based HR SaaS developer Factorial in an $80m series B finance round, led by Tiger Global, with co-investment by funds Creandum and CRV.
Mangrove Capital Partners and 14W
We advised Mangrove Capital Partners and 14W as lead investors in a $30m finance round in online travel agency Exoticca.
Accel and 14W
We advised Accel and 14W on an $181m series F funding round led by Korelya as investors in second-hand marketplace Wallapop.
Advised a transatlantic syndicate of top-tier life sciences investors including Advent Life Sciences, CTI Life Sciences, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Fonds de solidarité FTQ in US$13.6 million funding round.
Pink Salt Ventures
We advised on the establishment of Pink Salt Ventures and the launch of its first fund.
Advised pioneering AI lung cancer diagnosis innovator Optellum on US$14m Series A funding round.
Advent Life Sciences
We advised Advent Life Sciences, one of the leading transatlantic venture investors building innovative life sciences businesses, on its lead investment in Proximie's US$80 million Series C funding round.
We advised Super Payments on its £22.5 million fundraise led by Accel to transform the online shopping experience.
Advised Causeway Technologies on a £120 million investment to fund strategic acquisitions and accelerate its organic growth strategy to digitally connect the construction supply chain through further development of its Cloud Platform.
Highland Europe and Frog Capital
We advised Highland Europe and Frog Capital on additional investment in Modulr an embedded payments platform for digital businesses.
We advised on the launch of the Foresight Williams joint venture (and Foresight Williams EIS Fund).
Advised Highland Europe on its series C$100 million investment in SaaS platform Plentific.
We advised Fintern on fundraising as it secures £40 million of capital. Investment will help scale its credit technology and power fair finance across the UK and beyond.
We advised Nexeon on significant US$80 million funding to scale up production of step change battery materials. Through the transaction, Nexeon enters into a strategic partnership with SKC, a major global battery and semiconductor
We advised Eight Roads on its lead in 7bridges' $17 million Series A fundraising round. Eight Roads led the round together with Local Globe and enterprise VC Crane. With this round 7 bridges has raised just over $20 million to date.
Osborne Clarke has advised DoorDash on USD 750 million Series B financing round of rapid delivery firm Flink SE.
Warburg Pincus and Hollyport Capital
Osborne Clarke advised Warburg Pincus and Hollyport Capital on Series D financing round of McMakler.
We advised Tiger Global on its lead investment in Lifebit's $60 million series B funding round. The round will field the rapid adoption of biomedical software around the world.
Science Creates Ventures, Foresight Williams Technology and BGF
We advised Science Creates Ventures, Foresight Williams Technology and BGF on their involvement in Forefront RF's initial £1.5 million investment round, which also included The Cambridge Angels.
We advised Flock on $17 million fundraise led by social capital to reinvent insurance for connected vehicles. A funding to supercharge its expansion into new geographies and product lines.
We advised BGF on its lead investment in a £58 million funding of disruptive femtech firm Elvie, the revolutionary global health and lifestyle brand developing iconic products for women.
We advised on the launch of Passion Capital's third venture fund.
We advised Element Ventures, a global venture capital fund, as the lead investor in Coincover's $9.2 million Series A round. The funding will be used to drive awareness of the product offering and grow the team so that Coincover can support more of the crypto market.
We advised NeRRe Therapeutics on its £20 million Series B2 financing round. The financing involved a syndicate of leading transatlantic life sciences investors led by new investor Columbus Venture Partners and existing investors Advent Life Sciences, Fountain Healthcare Partners, Forbion Capital Partners and OrbiMed.
BGF and CPT Capital
We advised BGF and CPT Capital on a £11 million equity fundraising round for THIS, a plant-based, meat alternative brand.
We advised digital onboarding platform, Thirdfort, on its latest £1.5 million fund raising. Leading digital entrepreneur Alex Chesterman is among the high profile names to have reinvested. The funding will support expansion in the legal and property sectors for the digital ID and anti-money-laundering start up.
Illuminate Financial Management
We advised on the launch of all of Illuminate's funds (three in total), focusing on early-stage investments in the global capital markets Fintech market.
We advised BGF on a £10.5 million minority investment in e2e-assure, an established, fast-growth cybersecurity. The Funding will be used to facilitate international growth and expand its go-to marketing offering.
Science Creates Ventures
We advised on the establishment of Science Creates Ventures and the launch of its first fund.
We advised Amphista Therapeutics, a leader in next generation targeted protein degradation (TPD) approaches, on its $53 million (£38 million) Series B financing round.
We advised Brazilian venture capital manager Monashees, on its lead investment in AI energy analytics start-up Vortexa's $19m Series B investment round.
We advised firstminute capital on the launch of firstminute capital I, and firstminute capital II as well as series of SPV LP's.
Clean Growth Fund
We advised the Clean Growth Fund on a £6 million co-investment with Gulf Oil in Indra, the UK's leading smart charging technology company.
We advised on the launch of the second early-stage technology fund from firstminute capital raising $111 million to date.
We advised BFG on its £6 million investment in Amdaris, an industry-leading software developer and digital transformation specialist, to support its organic and acquisitive growth strategy.
We advised InReach on the launch of their first fund targeting seed and pre Series A investments in European technology companies.
We advised MMC on the launch of the MMC Greater London Fund and the MMC Scale up Fund 2019 as well as a series of SPV LP's.
We advised on the the launch of all of Notion's UK-based venture and growth capital funds.
We advised on the launch of PiLabs' third European proptech fund.